Another Sweltering Day; Storms Possible Later In Afternoon
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CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s yet another sweltering day Monday, and more storms could be coming just a day after a quick round of thunderstorms wreaked havoc on the area.
CBS 2 Meteorologist Ed Curran says as of 11:20 a.m., it was 89 degrees at O’Hare International Airport, south winds of 7 mph. The skies were overcast along the lake, but other areas saw sunshine.
High humidity levels were making it feel even hotter, and giving the outside world the feel of a steam room. The dew points – that is, the temperatures at which water vapor in the air condenses to liquid form – ranged from 69 at O’Hare to 75 in DeKalb and in Valparaiso, Ind.
As a consequence, the heat indices made it feel as if it were 94 at O’Hare, and 99 at DeKalb. Even the lakefront, it felt like 86 degrees.
After 3 p.m., scattered thunderstorms are a possibility. They are not expected to be severe, but there is a chance that the heat and humidity could cause a storm to grow strong, or even severe.
The high for the day is 95, and on Tuesday, it will be even hotter – topping out at 97 degrees as even hotter air blows up from the southwest.
And if you like tropical heat in the summer, you’re in luck, because there is nary a day with a high below 90 before next Sunday. The high for Wednesday, the Fourth of July, is 95; Thursday 94; Friday 96; Saturday 92; and finally, Sunday 83.